The Year 3 children were full of excitement as they turned up to school on Thursday morning ready for their residential trip. It was a beautiful, sunny morning and on arrival at Oaker Wood, they couldn’t wait to find out what groups they were in and explore their pods!
Once they had overcome the excitement, the children ventured into the woods to do their first activity, ‘Low Ropes’. They worked together superbly, encouraging each other to overcome the obstacles and tasks put before them. The Borneo assault course seemed to prove a favourite!
After a much-needed lunch of hot dogs, the children worked in teams to make pizzas from scratch, taking it in turns to follow the instructions for making the dough, then adding their toppings. (Who had more fun?… The children or the teachers?!).
Whilst the dough was proving, the children had a great time making dens in the woods. Were their dens waterproof and bear proof?! The only way to test them out… pour water over them! Needless to say, quite a few children got wet!
After den building, the children ate their pizzas, which turned out to be scrumptious!
The final activity of the day was ‘Woodland Krypton’. Again, the children collaborated well on the various tasks and challenges and there was a lot of healthy competition (with some of the adults proving to be rather competitive, too!).
After a delicious spaghetti Bolognese for tea and ice lollies for pudding, there was lots of exploring and football playing before drinking hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows on the fire, in readiness for bedtime. The children (eventually) went to sleep, after a fun-filled day!
The next morning, an early start and a large breakfast prepared everyone for the ‘High Ropes’ activities. The children (and their teachers) had the chance to climb a very large tree, zoom down a zipwire and attempt a ‘crate-stacking’ challenge. Many children overcame their fears and they all showed excellent growth mindsets.
After lunch, the final activity of the day was ‘Capture the Flag’. Yet more (healthy) competitive spirit was demonstrated and by the end, all the children were suitably tired and ready for the minibus journey home.
Huge thanks to Oaker Wood for providing challenges, experiences and lots of memories.